No Girls Allowed, Painting by Nasim Dalirifar

No Girls Allowed, Painting by Nasim Dalirifar

The Gedenk Award for Tolerance is given to students whose works examine their personal role in cultivating acceptance and tolerance in the world. Through our partnership with Grammy Award–winning artist Miri Ben-Ari and her organization The Gedenk Movement, the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognized three writers and three artists for their works reflecting on the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society. Along with their award, each student will also receive a $1,000 scholarship!

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The Gedenk Award for Tolerance is given to students whose works examines their role in cultivating tolerance. Through our partnership with Grammy Award-winning artist Miri Ben-Ari and her organization The Gedenk Movement, the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognized three writers and three artists for their works reflecting on the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society. Along with their award, each student will also receive a $1,000 scholarship!

Meet the 2016 Gedenk Award for Tolerance recipients:

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You’re all familiar with the Gedenk Award for Tolerance and the inspiring work of The Gedenk Movement, but we wanted to give you a closer look at the inspirations of co-founder Miri Ben-Ari! Miri took the time to answer some of our most wondered questions, giving us a look into her passions and hopes, and also gave words of advice to all of us that work creatively.

Through the Gedenk Award for Tolerance, students create original works of art and writing to show the importance of cultivating tolerance and safeguarding a peaceful society, based on the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides. You can see the work of last year’s recipients here!

Now let’s hear from Miri!

Alliance:  What inspired you to co-found Gedenk?

Miri: I founded the The Gedenk Movement seven years ago because I discovered the urgent need to expand youth education about the Holocaust in order to promote tolerance. As a third generation to Holocaust survivors, I was appalled by studies showing that 50 percent of kids graduating high school in America don’t even know what the Holocaust is. What’s even more concerning is the fact that the young generation doesn’t think that the Holocaust is “relevant” to their lives. I explain more about this in my recent blog on the Huffington Post A World Without Tolerance. Read More

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Laura Fennessy, 1942, Grade 10, Age 15, Auburn High School, Auburn, NY

Last year, with The Gedenk Movement, co-founded by CEO Miri Ben-Ari, Grammy award-winning violinist and producer, we launched The Gedenk Award for Tolerance. We saw so many powerful and stunning works! The Gedenk Award for Tolerance saw an unprecedented number of submissions in its first year, many students created original works of art and writing to show the importance of cultivating tolerance and safeguarding a peaceful society, based on the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides.

We’re excited to see what is submitted by students for the 2015 Awards, and are sure that the examples from last year will serve as inspiration. Take a peek at all of last year’s Gedenk Award for Tolerance recipients! You can even hear from some of the medalists themselves. Read More

Sham Habteselasse. Holocaust. Grade 12, Age 18. 2013 Silver Key, Art Portfolio.

Sham Habteselasse. Holocaust. Grade 12, Age 18. 2013 Silver Key, Art Portfolio.

This year, we’re excited to be teaming up with the Gedenk Movement to present a special creative challenge, The Gedenk Award for Tolerance, which asks students to create original art or writing that reflects upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides and attempts to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society.

Five Scholastic Awards participants will receive National Medals and $1,000 each for their work addressing the Gedenk Movement’s important mission. Read More